Masks, Accents and Bugs: Things That Inspired Marlon Brando

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Marlon Brando reading Krishnamurti in front of a church. The books he read are among the many things that helped shape his performances.

Susan L. Mizruchi finds a side of Marlon Brando others have missed—he collected four thousand books; rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; consciously used his body and the objects around him to create believable characters; and used his fame to promote Indian rights and Civil rights. In her book Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work Mizruchi looks at Brando’s life, letters, audiotapes, and annotated screenplays and books to show how Brando’s embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles.

Brando's Smile by Susan L. Mizruchi